“The 1930’s were, perhaps, the seminal decade in twentieth century history, a dark time of global depression that displaced millions, paralyzed the liberal democracies, gave rise to totalitarian regimes and ultimately led to the Second World War.” In The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s, (Vintage, 2002) Cambridge historian Piers Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of this dark decade to life by recreating the events and crises that inevitably led to the apocalypse. With a descriptive flair and acerbic wit Brendon traces the world’s convulsive descent from the economic and political chaos of the 1930s into the global slaughter of the 1940s. Brendon brings this tragic history back to life as we witness the events as they occur in all the countries involved, from Britain, France and the US, to Russia, Spain, Japan, Germany and Italy. He also provides trenchant sketches of all the personalities, from Hoover to Hopkins, from Orwell to Haile Selassie, and, of course, all the dominant players who led the march through the Dark Valley. This study group will be entirely peer led. Members will facilitate each session by preparing questions and leading the discussion. Join us for a look back on this tumoltuous decade.